A group, Community Outreach Advocacy, Capacity Building and Health (COACH) has decried the inability of more residents of Patigi, Patigi local government area of Kwara State to register for Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in the ongoing continuous voter registration being undertaken by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The group alleged that interested registrants had to part with N100 before they can be able to register in the exercise.
Founder of COACH, Aisha Ahman Patigi, Kwara State, said this during an advocacy visit of her group to Pategi to sensitise the people of the community on the need for them to obtain their PVCs.
She disclosed that the potential registrants were paying the sum to enable those in charge buy diesel to power generating set.
Ahman Pategi regretted a situation where people in the community were being made to pay a certain fee before they could perform their civic responsibility.
The founder of the community outreach group stated that she had met with relevant stakeholders on the need to redress the unacceptable situation.
She also faulted claim that Kwara North senatorial district has low population, saying that the population of Patigi alone was more 500,000.
She said, “The reason why we came up with this was when I came back from outside the country to register for my PVC. When I got here, what I saw really baffled me.
Actually it was quite disturbing, because the INEC office was not what I expected. People were lined up and they were paying N100 to register. Apparently, they have to pay N100 for diesel. That is disturbing.
“This is not right. Everybody in Nigeria has a right to, just the way it is in Abuja where you don’t have to pay N100, it should be the same way in every community in Nigeria.
“So, when I went back to Abuja, I spoke to a few of our leaders in APC essentially and the nation. I said this is what is going on, this is what I found, and obviously this is the time for me to come back home and see how I can impact, especially if I’m going to start, I need to start with my community, because for a long time, we haven’t been here.
“But because most of us have not paid much (attention) to politics or leadership and all that, the only person we have is Aliyu Ahman Pategi and one person can’t make that much impact, and everybody is representing their own people. I started to realise there is this thing going about the Kwara North wanting the gubernatorial ticket this time around, because it is being almost 20 years we haven’t have that.”
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